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Staff Nurse - Maternity Theatres

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a inc HCA
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, Theatre nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are a busy, prestigious, tertiary maternity unit currently delivering approximately 6800 women a year. We care for both low risk women as well as those who have more complex medical needs, or whose babies require intensive surveillance.

We have two dedicated obstetric theatres facilitating both elective and emergency procedures. We are seeking to recruit Band 5, NMC Registered Nurse, to our small friendly theatre team.

If you would like to provide supportive, sensitive care to women and their families within our theatre and obstetric HDU environment, we would love to hear from you. To apply for this position the applicant must have completed the preceptorship period in any nursing area. Therefore this position is not opened for newly qualified nurses.

Closing date: 30/05/2023

Interview Date: 10/06/2023

Main duties of the job

The main duty of the job is to provide clinical support in theatre for women who require surgery for obstetric procedures such as caesarean section and instrumental delivery,

You will maintain excellent aseptic technique and be well versed in providing the necessary instruments in a timely manner.

You will support the team to document accurately the care that has been provided and support the midwives and doctors in their care of the patient during her time in theatre.

As part of the role you will be expected to support midwives within the Obstetric HDU for ongoing care of patients.

You will receive full training if you do not already work in a theatre setting.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital,Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Duties
  • Responsible for carrying out clinical practice within designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality, current evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, implementation, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided from admission through to discharge.
  • Will be responsible for the application of knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
  • To act as advocate for patients within the area, to ensure a patient orientated approach to the delivery of care and to meet standards within the NHS Plan and other relevant guidelines.
  • To ensure that patients receive high quality clinical care and a good patient experience, having regard for their customs, religious beliefs and doctrines.
  • Recognise and avoid situations that may be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individuals.
  • Will advise on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness.
  • Recognise the significance of observations made, and use them to develop and initiate nursing assessments and devise a plan of care.
  • Carry out those activities necessary to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a persons nursing requirements.
  • Will ensure that all patients will have a discharge plan that is safe and appropriate for their needs.
  • Carry out nursing procedures and treatments, checking on and maintaining the highest possible standards.
  • Work alongside the multi-disciplinary team to ascertain treatments and advise on nursing priorities in theatre and OHDU.
  • Take a clear and concise history from patients by assessing their health and well being and complete documentation ensuring that all entries are accurate and legible and that all information systems are maintained.
  • Undertake prescribed physical observations as follows: blood pressure, temperature, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height, and report exceptions appropriates.
  • Responsible for the correct administration of prescribed medication including transfusion of blood and blood products

Professional Responsibilities
  • Is wholly accountable for his / her practice in line with the NMC code of professional conduct and takes every reasonable opportunity to sustain and improve his / her knowledge and professional competence.
  • Will act in accordance with Local, Hospital and Statutory Guidelines & Policies including Health and Safety initiatives.
  • Will be familiar with the Health and Safety at Works Act, and be aware of its implications and ensure that local unit and departmental policies are followed.
  • Will work in accordance with Corporate Objectives
  • Will compile a personal & professional portfolio (in conjunction with the Performance management process and the compilation of a Personal Development Plan).
  • Will maintain a high standard of care and give courteous reception to all patients and visitors.
  • Will adopt a patient orientated approach to work
  • Will practice in a cost effective and cost aware manner
  • Will ensure that the Hospitals policy is understood and carried out with regard to the care and custody of drugs/medications, especially with regard to those covered by the Control of Drugs Act.
  • Will be familiar with the wards fire, manual handling and C.O.S.H.H. policies and ensure that all nurses in the ward are aware of the policies.
  • Will be fully conversant with the trust major incident plan, and ensure that all nurses on the ward understand the procedure.
  • Will establish a relationship with a clinical supervisor
  • Take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.

  • Will be responsible for the provision and receipt of complex, sensitive or contentious information related to patients, patient care, relatives, staff and other multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Provides highly specialised advice concerning the care or treatment of identified groups or categories of patients/clients
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the multidisciplinary team regarding patient care.
  • Will communicate with patients and relatives, making reports and liaising, as appropriate with medical staff other members of the care team and management.
  • Will give and receive day/night reports. Acting as team leader/member/coordinator as necessary.
  • Report to the Doctor/Sister/Charge Nurse and members of the multidisciplinary team on patients conditions, both verbally and in writing as necessary.
  • Liaise with inter-hospital departments/personnel
  • Attend and participate in ward meetings and help promote new ideas and methods and assist in their implementation.
  • Attend and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferences to benefit patient care.

Education & Professional Development
  • Act as a role model, giving guidance, counselling and support to unqualified staff and students.
  • Actively contribute to the teaching programme within the ward.
  • Act as mentor and introduce new staff members to their role within the team.
  • Act as preceptor for newly qualified members of staff.
  • Act as mentor/assessor to unqualified staff.
  • Assist in producing written reports concerning the basic learner nurse in the clinical setting as required by the university.
  • Take every opportunity to maintain and improve knowledge and competence, and take steps to keep up to date with clinical and nursing developments.

Please see attached job description for full details.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working in the relevant area - perioperative care
  • Experience of administering intravenous drug therapy
  • completion of perceptorship


  • Previous experience of working in nursing fields



  • Able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care
  • Up to date knowledge of current clinical and professional issues
  • Knowledge of evidence based practise
  • Competent in basic life support
  • Able to work as an effective team member
  • Able to supervise junior team members
  • Basic computer skills including EPR and microsoft word


  • IT skills
  • Awareness of the structure and organisation of the NHS



  • Registered General Nurse
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Relevant qualification or course related to the specific area

Value and Behaviour


  • Value and Behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St. Thomas' Hospital



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